JACKSON, Ohio — Now that’s how you end a losing streak.
The Gallia Academy boys basketball team had 11 different players reach the scoring column while snapping a five-game skid Friday night during a 66-28 thrashing of host Jackson in a Southeastern Ohio Athletic League matchup in the Apple City.
The visiting Blue Devils (2-5, 1-2 SEOAL) broke away from a four-all tie by using a 9-0 run over the final 4:40 of the first quarter to establish a 13-4 edge after eight minutes of play. GAHS never looked back from there on out, as the Blue and White went on a 21-6 surge in the second canto — which included the last dozen points of the half — en route to a sizable 34-10 intermission advantage.
The Blue Devils claimed their largest lead of the night at 51-11 with four minutes left in the third canto, but the Ironmen (0-6, 0-3) closed the stanza out with a small 10-6 run to pull within 57-21 headed into the finale. GAHS closed regulation with a 9-7 spurt to wrap up the 38-point triumph.
Justin Bailey led Gallia Academy with 11 points, followed by Justin Bailey with 10 points and Seth Atkins with eight markers. Cody Call, Jeremy Wilson and Wes Jarrell each contributed seven points to the winning effort, while Reid Eastman followed with six markers.
Nick Clagg and Jimmy Clagg both added three points apiece for the guests, while Aaron Jackson and Alex White each had two markers to round out the scoring. The Blue Devils were 8-of-15 at the free throw line for 53 percent.
Tyler Neal led JHS with a game-high 13 points, while Casey Walker added 10 markers. The hosts were 10-of-20 at the charity stripe for 50 percent.